Board of Directors
Founder and Member of Mountain Top Farm Consulting, LLC
Chairman of the Board of SBE, Inc.
Mr. Fishkin has over 30 years of experience on Wall Street in a variety of capacities including equity and bond research, investment banking and private equity and institutional sales. Mr. Fishkin was a partner in NYSE member firms Wertheim Schroder and Gordon Capital and an associate member of the NYSE. In the late ‘80s, Mr. Fishkin became the CEO and COO of Gordon Capital’s New York operations. He serves on the Boards of several private companies and philanthropic organizations as Chairman or member.
Jon Bereisa, BS, MS
President and CEO of Auto Lectrification, LLC
Mr. Bereisa is a 35 year veteran of General Motors. He was the Systems Architect responsible for the creation of the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle, the Chief Engineer Propulsion Systems for GM’s EV1, the first modern production EV, and the S-10 Electric Pickup, and the Director of Advanced Engineering and Technology Strategy Powertrain for the development of GM’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology. Mr. Bereisa’s involvement led to major improvements in inverter power switch technology, and the development of the EV1 inductive charging system which was licensed and used by other auto OEM’s. Mr. Bereisa has BS, MS and Professional Degrees awarded in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has been inducted to the Electric Drive Transportation Association’s “Hall of Fame”.
John D. Wallace, BSEE, MSEE (Computer Science)
Mr. Wallace brings over 30 years of executive experience in the areas of alternative energy, advanced powertrains, power electronics and battery technology. Mr. Wallace served in several leadership roles at Ford Motor Company from 1982 to 2002. His final role at Ford was Executive Director of TH!NK Group, where he was responsible for the development of hybrid electric, fuel cell electric and battery electric vehicles. Mr. Wallace then became CEO of Xantrex Technology Inc., a publicly-traded company with revenues of $240 million (2007), whose business lines include power converters for solar PV and wind turbine generators, power inverters for RV, heavy duty truck and marine applications, programmable DC and AC power supplies, and consumer power products. Currently, he is chairman of Enova Systems, a California-based, publicly-traded company providing HEV and EV powertrains for heavy duty vehicles. Mr. Wallace also serves on the Board of Directors for REV, a private Vancouver company involved in V2G for electric vehicles and ICRTec, a developer of high temperature gas turbine technology based in Brayton, New Hampshire.
Tom Johnson, MFA
Tom Johnson is President of The Johnson Family Foundation, and serves on the Board of Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, Green Mountain College, and Bethany College (emeritus). Mr. Johnson is past President of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and of Media Study New York, a film and television production company. He is currently a Partner in the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization. His BA is from Williams College, and MFA from Stanford University. He lives in Poultney Vermont with his wife Ina Smith.
Arlan VanKoevering, BSME, MS
Mr. VanKoevering has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the General Motors Institute and a MS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a major in Control Theory. Mr. VanKoevering is a partner in a company that licenses antilock braking system software for various vehicle applications. Mr. VanKoevering spent most his career in the aerospace industry starting with Lear Inc. as an analytical engineer and then spent 20 years at Lear Siegler in various management positions including Senior VP of Engineering and Business Development. Mr. VanKoevering and his family then moved to Vermont and was President of Simmonds Precision Aerospace for eight years. In 1990, Mr. VanKoevering moved to Eldec Corp. and was promoted to President. At Eldec Corp., Mr. VanKoevering was responsible for implementing Lean Six Sigma throughout the organization. Mr. VanKoevering retired in 2001 and he and his wife moved back to Vermont.
Ed Sawyer, BSEE, MBA
President and CEO, SBE Inc.
In 2002, Mr. Sawyer led the purchase of SBE, Inc. and the transformation of the company into the next sustainable era by first developing protectable technology and then building the capacity to manufacture it profitably. Since joining the company, Mr. Sawyer has successfully helped raise over $13.5 Million in equity capital to support the growth of SBE and, in August of 2009, was able to secure a $9.1 Million US Department of Energy grant to bring high volume manufacturing capability to the company with a new state of the art manufacturing facility and production line. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Sawyer worked at Banta Corporation as a VP of North American Operations, with responsibility for over 1,500 employees covering 4 locations in the U.S. and Mexico. Prior to that, Mr. Sawyer was a Project Leader for the green field start‐up of a Business Server Hard Drive Configuration and Final Assembly plant for Compaq Computer, where he took the business from 25 people to over 700, occupying 500,000 square feet and producing $75 Million in revenue over a period of 24 months. Previously, he was Business Unit General Manager for Emerson Electric Company (1995-1999) where he was responsible for the worldwide sensors and thermistors business and the establishment of new production facilities in China and Mexico. Mr. Sawyer has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Colorado State University.
Mark Browning, BSME
Vice-President, Customer/New Product Development
Mr. Browning joined the staff of SBE, Inc.’s predecessor company, SB Electronics, Inc. in 1989 as manager of technical sales and account development and was a co-founder of SBE, Inc. with Mr. Sawyer. Throughout his career at SBE, he has been involved in many aspects of business development including sales and customer service management, design engineering, technical data sheet development, key marketing activities and new product launches, which included the launch of the Power Ring product along with Terry Hosking in 2005. Mr. Browning’s experience from both a technical and customer relationship perspective provide for a strong interface between engineering, production and the customer. In today’s role, Mr. Browning oversees the various aspects of the new product design cycle and customer fulfillment process, bringing the product and customer together. Prior to SBE, he spent 5 years in the HVAC industry in technical sales and customer service. Mr. Browning holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maine.